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    19.02.2016 13:46 Canadian retail sales drop by 2.2% in December

    Statistics Canada released retail sales data on Friday. Canadian retail sales dropped by 2.2% in December, missing expectations for a 0.6% fall, after a 1.7% increase in November.


    The decline was mainly driven by lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers, which slid by 3.9% in December.


    Sales at gasoline stations declined 1.1% in December, while sales at food and beverage stores were down 1.2%.


    Motor vehicle and parts sales increased 3.5% in November, while sales at furniture and home furnishings stores rose 0.5%.


    Canadian retail sales excluding automobiles declined 1.6% in December, missing expectations for a 0.5% decline, after a 1.0% rise in November. November's figure was revised down from a 1.1% gain.

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